JobBRIEF May 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 5
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Employers Provide Youth with Job Opportunities

Getting a job has always been a goal for students as summer employment becomes the means for young people to take the first step in striking out on their own and earning their own money.  Additionally, some young people work to help supplement their families' income - helping to pay utilities or purchasing groceries and clothing. This year, fifty two (52) employers and businesses answered the call to help youth in Southeast Texas and participated in the Summer Youth Job Fairs held in the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange Workforce Solutions Centers.


Three Things You Need to Know

1. It's National Hurricane Preparedness Week

As hurricane season approaches, businesses and community leaders are keeping an 'eye on the sky'. Listed below are links to on-line information and tool kits to inform and assist businesses and others plan and be ready for emergencies:

2. O*NET Now Includes Military Occupations Crosswalk

Employers who are looking for a way to include Veterans and former military personnel and simplify the hiring process for these individuals can now access a crosswalk in O*NET that includes Military Occupations. O*NET, Occupational Information Network, is an on-line database used for employment needs of HR professionals, workforce development agencies and individuals researching skills requirements or wages for various jobs. O*NET is free and frequently updated to include current job descriptions, KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities), task descriptions, wages and other occupational related data. Click here, to access the military occupation crosswalk.

3. Top Ten Occupations for Southeast Texas

In Southeast Texas, demand remains high for workers such as clerical and office/file clerks, customer service representatives, warehouse workers and stockers. Production workers that support industrial construction and the leisure and hospitality industries are also in demand:
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Millwrights
  • Welders/Cutters/Fitters
  • Food Preparation/Food Server Workers


Annual Impact Report for Southeast Texas
It is my honor to chair and to be a member of the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board, representing Orange, Jefferson, and Hardin counties. Our board members represent all sectors of our local economy, including industry, social services, child care, organized labor and community-based organizations.

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Latest Labor Market Stats

Southeast Texas metropolitan statistical area (MSA) posted a 6.0 percent unemployment rate as employers continue to hire workers to meet service and production demands. Texas continues to lead the nation in the number of jobs created and with an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent in April, trends below the nation unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission.


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